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with cheerfulness and constancy, and still to hold fast in my integrity. .
This precious soul of mine, which is the work of thine own hands, and the purchase of thy Son's blood, I commit into thy hands, to be sanctified by thy Spirit and grace, and wrought up into conformity to thy holy will in every thing : Lord set up thy throne in my heart, write thy law there, shed abroad thy love there, and bring every thought within into obedience to thee, to the commanding power of thy love. Keep, through thine own name, that which I commit, unto thee, keep it against that day when it shall be called for; let me be preserved blameless to the coming of thy glory, that I then may be presented faultless with exceeding joy.
All my outward affairs I submit to the disposal of thy wise and gracious providence; Lord, save my soul, and then as to other things do as thou pleasest with me; only make all providence work together for my spiritual and eternal advantage. Let all things be pure to me, and give me to taste covenant love, in common mercies; and by thy grace let me be taught, both how to want, how to abound, how to enjoy prosperity, and how to bear adversity, as becomes a Christian; and at all times let thy grace be sufficient for me, and mighty in me, to work in me both to will and do that which is good of thine own good pleasure.
And that in every thing I may do my duty, and stand complete in it, let my heart be enlarged in love to Jesus Christ, and affected with the height and depth, the length and breadth of that love of his to me, which passeth all conception and expression.
And as an evidence of that love, let my mouth be filled with his praises. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive blessings, and honour, and glory, and power; for he was slain, and hath redeemed a chosen - remnant to God by his blood, and made them to him
kings and priests. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all that is within me bless his holy name, who forgiveth all mine iniquities, and healeth all my diseases; who redeemeth my life from destruction, and crowneth me with loving kindness and tender mercy; who having begun a good work, will perform it unto the day of Christ. As long as I live will I bless the Lord; I will praise my God while I have any being; and when I have no being upon earth, I hope to have a being in heaven to be doing it better. O let me be borne up in everlasting arms, and carried from strength to strength, till I appear before God in Zion, for Jesus' sake, who died for me, and rose again, in whom I desire to be found living and dying. Now to God the Father, Son, and Spirit, be ascribed kingdom, power, and glory, henceforth and for ever.' Amen.
An Address to God before Meat. O Lord our God, in thee we live and move, and have our being, and from thee receive all supports and comforts of our being; thou spreadest our table, and fillest our cup, and comfortest us with the gifts of thy bounty from day to day. We own our dependence upon thee, and our obligations to thee, pardon our sins, we pray thee; sanctify thy good creatures to our use, and give us grace to receive them soberly and thankfully, and to eat and drink not to ourselves but to thy glory, through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Another. GRACIOUS God, thou art the protector and preserver of the whole creation, thou hast fed us all our lives, unto this day, with food convenient for us, though we are evil and unthankful. We pray thee forgive all our sins, by which we have forfeited all thy mercies, and let us see our forfeited right restored in Christ Jesus. Give us
to taste covenant love in common mercies, and to use these and all our creature-comforts to the glory of our great benefactor, through the grace of our great Redeemer. Amen.
. An Address to God after Meat. BLESSED be the Lord, who daily loads us with his benefits, and gives us all things richly to enjoy, though we serve him but poorly. O Lord, we thank thee for present refreshments in the use of thy good creatures, and for thy love to our souls in Jesus Christ which sweetèns all: we pray thee pardon our sins, go on to do us good, provide for the poor that are destitute of daily food, fit us for thy holy will, and be our God and guide, and portion for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen. ,
Another. We thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for all the gifts, both of thy providence and of thy grace; for those blessings which relate to the life that now is, and that to come; for the use of thy good creatures at this time : perfect, O God, that which concerns us, nourish our souls with the bread of life to life eternal, and let us be of those that shall eat bread in the kingdom of our Father, for Christ Jesus' sake our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
HYMN.—Psalm LVII. 7. 8. My heart is now prepar’d for praise,
'Tis fixed for the same; And I will sing to thee, O Lord,
And bless thy holy name. Awake my glory, lute and harp,
Comforts of praise to make, Now in the morning I myself
Will to this work awake.
Declare their Maker's praise ;
His handy-work displays. Day unto day doth celebrate,
And night to night proclaim,
His universal fame.
His constant course complete,
And in his quick’ning heat.
Lighten and warm us thus :
And 'stablish them to us.